HAT tip: researchers map African sleeping sickness

argylesock says… Sleeping sickness is one of the diseases caused by trypanosomes, tiny parasites carried by tsetse flies A few minutes ago I remarked on how zebras’ stripes might be involved in defending these animals against tsetse flies. In that sense, zebras do us a favour by being stripy. But as this map shows, stripy zebras don’t prevent human disease caused by trypanosomes. The tsetse flies keep biting and the tryps keep breeding.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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